Journal #24 – Analysis of North Korea’s missile launch
The Editors of the New York Times have chimed in with their piece, How Hard is it to Fire a Rocket? From their point of view, the launch was a “failure” and the discussion of a nuclear-armed North Korea a distraction from the real threat of long-range artillery and rockets. Worth reading in its entirety. Make sure not to miss the video clip from Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
I thought the article in the New York Times was funny because it talks about how old missile technology is and yet North Korea cannot successfully launch one. The missile launch on April 5th was seen as a success to the North Koreans, but the international community said it was a complete flop. In my opinion, the North Korea is trying to look as though they have advance technology, similar to the U.S. and Soviet Union during the Cold War. North Korea blocks foreign aid for its citizens, but still wants to have international ties with the U.S. and other nations.
Although the nuclear launch was a failure to many, it is still a big issue because the they are trying to create a functioning missile even when the international community forbids it.
I thought that the situation in Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb was very satirical because many of the serious situations were not very serious. The credits in the beginning of the movie were done as if by children. The B-52 shown in the movie looks like a toy. The talk between the President and the Prime Minister of the Soviet Union is childish and informal. Dr. Stranglove’s unusual reactions are not natural and seem almost forced. It is obvious that this movie was meant to poke fun at the U.S.’s situation during the Cold War.